It’s Christmastime which means my Elf on the Shelf has returned! After scouring the internet, I found several pop culture Elf on the Shelf ideas to try.

The Elf on the Shelf is the most diabolical marketing ploy since the pet rock. The deal is you buy an Elf on the Shelf. His job as a scout elf is to keep an eye on your kids for Santa. Your Elf flies to the North Pole every night to give Santa his report. You can tell he flew to the North Pole during the previous night because, come morning, he’s in a different spot. I have friends who swear by the Elf on the Shelf for keeping their kids in line, at least for December.

There are all kinds of rules that go along with the Elf on the Shelf. You can’t touch him or he won’t be able to fly. If he didn’t fly to the North Pole last night (bad mom forgot to move the Elf before the kids woke up) you must give him cinnamon to boost his health. (Our Elf, whose name is Cookie, has eaten a lot of cinnamon over the years.)

My husband is much more creative with Cookie than I am. I have big ambitions every year that get eaten up with gift buying, gift wrapping, concerts, family visits, seeing Christmas lights and, sometimes, baking. I mean, how much more does a parent have to perpetuate? There’s the whole Santa thing, then the Advent calendar thing, and now this? Whew.

If you’re struggling, like I am, to come up with cool ways to surprise your kids, check out these pop culture Elf on the Shelf ideas I found. I also have a Pinterest board with more pop culture Elf on the Shelf ideas.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter Elf on the Shelf

This is my favorite! This Harry Potter Elf on the Shelf from Mother Nature Network is adorable, spectacles and all. Our own Cookie wears a Gryffindor sweater, and has his own owl and letter from Hogwarts, thanks to Tomboy Togs.


Moana Elf on the Shelf

Here’s a Disney cutie! This Moana Elf on the Shelf from Clementine County has his own grass skirt.


Spider-Man Elf on the Shelf

This Spider-Man Elf on the Shelf from Lemons and Laughs hangs in a classic Spidey pose.

Captain America

Captain America Elf on the Shelf

Simple Made Pretty has free printables of a bunch of superhero costumes and masks you can print for your Elf. This Captain America Elf on the Shelf is perfect for Marvel fans.


Minions Elf on the Shelf

This Elf on the Shelf from Fancy Shanty made his own Minions.


Chuckie Elf on the Shelf

Okay, this tableau is a little dark for youngsters, but isn’t it wicked clever? I guess this Elf on the Shelf is joining Chuckie on the naughty list. (Imagine if that snowman were Olaf!)


Elf on the Shelf Eating Candy

LDS Smile shows this Elf on the Shelf eating spaghetti and candy, just like Will Ferrell did in the movie Elf.


Elsa Freezes Elf on the Shelf

A parent from Mickey Prep put some time into this prank. Elsa froze this Elf on the Shelf in a solid block of ice. (I hope they had a back-up Elf, just in case he lost parts to frostbite.)

Darth Vader

Darth Vader Elf on the Shelf

This prank may be the cleverest of all. Check out Elf on the Shelf in Darth Vader’s choke hold from Busy Kids Happy Mom. What do you think? Double-sided tape? Or is it really the Force?

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